Feline diabetes - are cats just small dogs?DAY: FridayTIME: 09.45 - 10.30
Diabetes mellitus is a common endocrine condition in both cats and dogs however the pathogenesis varies between species, with ‘type 1’ diabetes more common in the canine population and ‘type 2’ diabetes being more common in the feline population. This lecture will expand on these differences between species and explain why different types of insulin may be required in cats compared to dogs, as well as discussing the different nutritional management for cats. The utility and futility of blood glucose curves will be discussed, along with other methods of monitoring treatment.
- To understand the pathogenesis of diabetes mellitus in cats compared to dogs, and the potential for resolution in cats
- To understand the advantages and disadvantages of different types of insulin
- To appreciate the importance of subjective information as well as objective data in monitoring diabetic cats.
Triaditis - what do we really know?DAY: FridayTIME: 11.35 - 12.20
Triaditis is a common clinical complaint in feline medicine. During this lecture we will unpick the relevant research to investigate what we really know about this disease, and how best to investigate and treat it.
Feline hyperthyroidism - what are the options?DAY: FridayTIME: 12.30 - 13.15
Hyperthyroidism is currently the most commonly diagnosed feline endocrinopathy. In the majority of cases diagnosis is relatively straightforward, therefore this lecture will focus on the treatment options available. Despite several different treatments being available, the majority of cats continue to be managed medically in the UK. The advantages and disadvantages of this and other options, both for initial stabilisation and subsequent long-term management will be discussed.
- To be aware of all the treatment options available, in order that clients can be fully informed.
- To be able to recognise the most suitable treatment option(s) for an individual case
- To recognise the problems that may be associated with long-term medical management compared to definitive treatment
Yellow cats - approaching the jaundiced patientDAY: FridayTIME: 14.20 - 15.05
Being presented with a jaundiced cat can be daunting. During this lecture we will discuss a logical approach to the jaundice patient and appropriate treatment for the most common underlying aetiologies.
Pale cats - feline anaemiaDAY: FridayTIME: 15.15 - 16.00
Anaemia is not a diagnosis in itself, rather a clinical sign resulting from a number of causes. Anaemic cats may present with signs that make the cause apparent e.g. blood loss from trauma, or may have a more insidious onset of vague signs such as inappetence and lethargy, sometimes precipitating in an apparently sudden deterioration when the haematocrit becomes profoundly low. Causes of anaemia, especially those specific to cats will be given, and the diagnostic approach to anaemia will be discussed. Stabilisation with blood products may be required to enable diagnostic tests to be performed, and options available for this will be covered.
- To be able to identify the different categories of anaemia
- To have a logical approach to diagnostic tests
- Understand the treatment options available for different types of anaemia